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Adrian Peterson's son has died following an assault, according to reports. Sioux Falls, S.D., police have confirmed that the 2-year-old child of the NFL star.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the young boy was beaten by the boyfriend of his mother in South Dakota, suffering severe head injuries.

Earlier Friday, he was listed in critical condition.

Per the family's request, the state is holding the child's name, but the athlete's father, Nelson Peterson, confirmed he was Adrian Peterson's son.

"All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation," Nelson Peterson told a local newspaper.

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by Hilton Hater at

Very scary news this week for one of the NFL's best players:

The two-year old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was brutally attacked by the man dating the child's mother and rushed to a hospital in South Dakota.

Sources tell TMZ that the toddler is in critical condition and his head injuries are consistent with abuse.

Joseph Patterson, 27, has been arrested for the heinous act and charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.

Peterson nearly broke the single-season league rushing record last season and was the NFL MVP. We send him and his family our best wishes during this difficult time.

UPDATE: Details remain scarce, but Peterson's father told The Pioneer Press via phone: "All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation.

Peterson also says he'll be playing on Sunday.

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by Free Britney at

NFL star Adrian Peterson shoved an off-duty police officer in a Houston bar early Saturday morning, leading to his arrest, the Houston P.D. says.

An off-duty officer was working security for the nightclub Live! at Bayou Place when closing time came and he told patrons it was time to leave.

The officer had to tell Peterson a second time he had to leave and the Vikings running back shot back, "Hey man, we heard you the first time!"

He then pushed the officer in the back of his shoulder, causing him to stumble.

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The officer then told Peterson to turn around and put his arms behind his back because he was under arrest and Peterson began yelling at him.

The officer repeated himself and Peterson turned around to face the officer and got in "an aggressive stance," ignoring more verbal warnings.

A second and third officer then rushed over, according to the police, and they were finally able to arrest the all-star athlete and take him to jail.

He was booked on the charge of resisting arrest.

Adrian Peterson was heavily intoxicated at the time of his arrest, which was very out of character for him, according to the nightclub owner.

Peterson has been to the club before, but he has never known him to drink much. He was reportedly a difficult customer all night Friday, though.

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